Accuracy counts, and Moore delivers for Francis Marion

Bryn Mawr grad shoots at 57.9 percent for Patriots



December 31, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

There is very little flash and a lot of substance to Danielle Moore's basketball game at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C.

Forget the ESPN highlights show. The 6-foot sophomore small forward likes to take the most direct route to the basket.

"My favorite shot is a layup," said Moore yesterday before leaving for a road game against Fayetteville (N.C.) State. "I like to penetrate the lane for a shot or pass off to a teammate. I also score off rebounds."

That's why Moore (Bryn Mawr) is filling the basket up at a team-high rate of 57.9 percent from the field and leading the Division II Patriots in scoring (14.7 points a game), rebounding (7.3 a game) and blocks (2.0 a game).

She is second in the Peach Belt Conference in blocks, fourth in field-goal percentage, 10th in scoring, and 13th in rebounding.

Moore has come a long way since her freshman season, when she was a part-time starter.

"I played a lot of pickup games over the summer with boys," she said. "That made me stronger and just improved me in all phases of the game."

Francis Marion was 5-1 entering last night's nonleague game, but hadn't played a Peach Belt Conference foe.

"I think we can go all the way [to the national title]," said Moore. "We have quickness, a lot of people can score, and we play strong defense. I get a kick out of our defensive schemes."

Hicks, North Florida soar

Senior shooting guard Natalie Hicks (Severna Park) has played an integral role in the University of North Florida's march to the No. 3 ranking in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II women's basketball poll.

Hicks, 5 feet 9, is averaging 7.1 points a game, 2.1 assists, and 1.7 rebounds for the Lady Ospreys, who ran their record to 9-0 Monday night with a 84-68 victory over host Bowie State in the opening round of the Best Western Invitational.

Hicks scored eight points (3-for-7 from the field and 1-for-2 from the line). She also had four assists, two rebounds and one block in 26 minutes.

Hicks and North Florida stayed unbeaten yesterday, topping North Carolina Central to win the Best Western Invitational.

She played a major role last year in North Florida's drive to the elite eight in the NCAA Division II women's basketball tournament and was named to the All-South Atlantic Regional tournament team.

For the season, she averaged 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, started 19 games and shot 37 percent on three-pointers.

Courter is back

Marymount University's all-time three-point shooter, Ashlee Courter (Mercy), has been granted a medical hardship season because she played in only six games her freshman season before a season-ending knee injury.

Courter has opted to return to the Saints as a graduate student this season, and helped lead the team to the No. 6 Division III ranking in the nation with a 7-0 start.

But the Saints were upset Monday night by Kean University, 70-64, in the opening round of the Savannah College of Art and Design Holiday Invitational.

Courter is averaging 7.9 points, a team-leading 4.0 assists and 3.9 rebounds.

Meanwhile, freshman guard Morgan James (Mercy) has scored two points in one game this season.

Et cetera

Brown University's Adom Crew (River Hill) has been selected a third-team All-American by College Soccer News after scoring six game-winning goals and being named the Ivy League Player of the Year.

Delaware freshman defensive back Kevin Pulley (City College) has four years of eligibility remaining for the NCAA Division I-AA champion after dressing for every game this season for the Blue Hens (15-1) but not playing in any games.

Delaware Valley College soccer seniors Sean Noonan and Michael Taylor (both North Harford) combined for four goals and one assist this season for the Aggies (7-11-2). Freshman Chris Wellington (Milford Mill) contributed one assist.

Lynchburg College freshman guard Katherine Huelter (Institute of Notre Dame) is averaging 6.2 minutes in five games, has scored five points and has four assists for the Hornets (2-4).

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